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The Brother from Another Planet ()


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A mute alien with the appearance of a black human is chased by outer-space bounty hunters through the streets of Harlem.

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The Brother
Rosanna Carter ...
West Indian Woman
Ray Ramirez ...
Hispanic Man
Yves Rene ...
Haitian Man
Peter Richardson ...
Islamic Man
Ginny Yang ...
Korean Shopkeeper
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Fly
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Odell
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Smokey
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Walter
Maggie Renzi ...
Noreen
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Noreen's Client
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Sam
Minnie Gentry ...
Mrs. Brown
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Bernice (as Ren Woods)
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Rickey
Alvin Alexis ...
Willis
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Randy Sue Carter
Herb Newsome ...
Little Earl (as Herbert Newsome)
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Man In Black
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Man In Black
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Mama
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Mr. Love (as Michael Albert Mantel)
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Hector
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Ace
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Card Trickster
Charles Mitchell ...
Ed (as Chip Mitchell)
David Babcock ...
Phil
Randy Frazier ...
Bouncer
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Malverne Davis
Sidney Sheriff Jr. ...
Virgil
Copper Cunningham ...
Black Hooker
Marisa Smith ...
White Hooker
Ishmael Houston-Jones ...
Dancer
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Teacher
Dwania Kyles ...
Waitress
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Mr. Price
Leon W. Grant ...
Basketball Player
Anthony Thomas ...
Basketball Player
Andre Robinson Jr. ...
Pusher
John Griesemer ...
White Cop
Ellis Williams ...
Watcher
Edward Baran ...
Mr. Vance
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Casio Vendor
Deborah Taylor ...
Vance's Receptionist
Herb Downer ...
Floor Buffer
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Man Being Arrested (uncredited)
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Waitress (uncredited)
Pete Richardson ...
Street Merchant (uncredited)
John Canada Terrell ...
Baby Grand Patron (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Sayles

Written by

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John Sayles ... ()

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Peggy Rajski ... producer
Maggie Renzi ... producer

Music by

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Martin Brody
Mason Daring

Cinematography by

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Ernest R. Dickerson

Film Editing by

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John Sayles

Editorial Department

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Kip Hansen ... senior color timer (2003 restoration)
John Tintori ... associate editor
John Dowdell ... hd colorist (uncredited)

Casting By

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Barbara Shapiro

Production Design by

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Nora Chavooshian

Art Direction by

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Stephen J. Lineweaver

Costume Design by

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Karen Perry

Makeup Department

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Ralph Cordero ... makeup artist
Timothy D'Arcy ... hair stylist / makeup artist

Production Management

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Peggy Rajski ... production manager

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Joy Birdsong ... assistant director
Craig Laurence Rice ... assistant director

Sound Department

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Carol Dysinger ... additional sound editor
Tom Fleischman ... re-recording mixer
Eric Taylor ... sound
Laura Perlman ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)

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David M. Geshwind ... computer graphics
Michael Hinton ... optical supervisor (2003 restoration)

Stunts

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Steve James ... stunt coordinator
Edgard Mourino ... stunt consultant
Tom Wright ... stunt coordinator

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Rick Fischer ... second assistant camera
Jeff Levy ... gaffer
Bob Marshak ... still photographer
Frank Prinzi ... assistant camera
David Skutch ... best boy electric

Script and Continuity Department

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Marco Williams ... script supervisor

Other crew

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Ghost Rabbit ... title designer
Richard Guay ... accountant
Larry Justice ... production assistant
Howard March ... Production Office Coordinator / production assistant
Virginia Munce ... production assistant

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Plot Summary

The Brother is an alien who has crash-landed on Earth, in New York City. While mute, strongly empathic, and able to fix things, he resembles a Black man with strange feet. His attempt to make a place for himself in Harlem is an allegory for the immigrant experience in the United States. Meanwhile, two bounty hunters from the Brother's home planet arrive and try to capture him. Written by Reid Gagle

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Taglines Welcome to a world of crude beauty... of danger and excitement... of wonders, legend, and imagination... Welcome to Harlem, Brother. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Brother (France)
  • Der Typ vom anderen Stern (Germany)
  • El hermano de otro planeta (Spain)
  • Брат с другой планеты (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Muukalainen Harlemissa (Finland)
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Runtime
  • 108 min
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Box Office

Budget $350,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $67,867, 28 Oct 1984

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Trivia The entrance and exit scenes of the Men in Black's first appearance in the bar were filmed entirely in reverse with the camera upside down, according to director John Sayles' commentary on the restored print. The two men started on the bar stools, then backed out of the room for the entrance; while the exit was filmed with the two outside the bar and backing into it, including David Strathairn replacing the cookies in the cookie bowl. See more »
Goofs After Little Earl takes off his band-aid, and The Brother heals his knee, the band-aid reappears where his cut was. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Brother from Another Planet (1984) (2011). See more »
Soundtracks Homeboy See more »
Quotes Fly: (about Harlem) I'd rather be a cockroach on a baseboard up here than the Emperor of Mississippi.
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